Brandy or Cognac can be used as long as it is a minimum of 80-proof.
This is a formula you can use for whatever amount of fruit you choose. The idea is to put up only fruit with outstanding flavor. It should be ripe and bruise free. Peeling or not peeling is up to you, but do try to use organic produce if possible.
For every pound of fresh fruit combine the following:
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Darra Goldstein is editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, an 888-page reference guide to all things sweet. "The book is really a compendium of human desires, a cultural history of desire for things that are sweet and what it has caused in the world, in both the realm of pleasure and also of pain," she says.